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Police warn of online jobs requiring the use of bank accounts

The Bangkok Job Fair attracted a lot of people to Fortune Town Mall in Bangkok in March of last year. Much safer than accepting job offers anonymously online. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)

People are tricked into taking seemingly high-paying online jobs that actually involve transferring the illegal income of criminals through their own bank accounts, and they could be held accountable, a police spokesperson warned on Monday.

Pol Col Siriwat Deepo said many people have unknowingly become victims of criminals posting jobs on social media.

For example, they were asked to apply online for a high paying accounting job.

They can work online from home, but must have a bank account.

Once accepted for the position, the money would be transferred to their bank account and they were required to transfer the funds to other accounts. Their income would be calculated on the amount of money transferred through their account.

As the owner of the bank account, they were responsible if it turned out that the money had been acquired illegally – through fraud, gambling, drug dealing or other illicit activities.

They could be charged with aiding and abetting under section 83 of the Penal Code or aiding the commission of a crime under section 86, and violating the Money Laundering Act 1999. The sentences ranged from 1 to 10 years in prison and / or a fine of 20,000 to 200,000 baht.

Anyone who sees online posts inviting people to apply for such jobs can call the Royal Thai Police emergency numbers 191 or 1599 24 hours a day to provide information, Col. Pol said. Siriwat.